Every once in a while, I’ll try to think back to when I was in heavy duty weight loss mode (I’m currently maintaining/not weighing). What things was I doing then that can help me overcome obstacles now?
I started doing this again a few weeks ago because of three bad habits that were sneaking their way back in:
- Night time snacking
- Too many sweets
- Night time snacking on too many sweets
Without a doubt, sweets and snacking are my biggest eating downfalls. Honestly, I do pretty well with balanced meals and fruits and veggies and things of that sort, but when it comes to sweets and snacking, forget it. I’m a goner.
Several years ago, I found a way to combat both problems.
Plain and simple, right? I would keep packs and packs (and packs) of gum EVERYWHERE around the house. I would keep it in the car, too. I was never a few steps from a stick of gum.
Sudden urge to snack (usually at night)? Gum.
Out to dinner and I was trying to avoid dessert? Gum.
At home and I didn’t want to sneak a bite of the kids ice cream? Gum.
Eventually, I would get out of the habit of snacking and eating dessert when I didn’t really want it.
So, the next time you get an urge to snack and you know it’s not real hunger, grab a stick of gum and chew chew chew chew chew the urge away.
It’s just about the easiest fix to a problem you’ll have all day!